2015-16 National Championships (Perth, WA)

Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, in conjunction with the International Mirror Class of Australia is very proud to be hosting the 50th Australian Mirror Championships.


http://www.rfbyc.asn.au/content/on-water/regattas/50th-australian-mirror-championships.php
Click the image to go the event website.


World Championship Results

The 2015 Mirror World Championships was sailed at Theewaters SC, South Africa, in January. The local favourites and 2013 World Champions, Michaela and Ryan Robinson sailing 'Mirrorjuana', have successfully defended their title without having to sail the final race, however there was still plenty of interest on the last day with only 9 points separating 2nd and 4th. 

Western Australian father/son team Simon and Tyson Barwood sailing their Perth made Vasco Mk3 Mirror 'Bulletproof', won the last two races to move from fourth to second overall and also secured the Family Trophy. At only eight years of age, Tyson was the youngest competitor by two years. 

The regatta was sailed in the full range of conditions from drifting to 25 knots over four days after the first day was blown out with winds over 30 knots.

Sydney father/daughter team Douglas and Charlotte Raftesath were second placed Australians in 7th with other Australian boats finishing 16th, 24th, 34th and 35th.

Full Results here:

African Championship Results

The African Championships have been held (a lead up regatta to the Worlds) with results and photos on the following links:

There were excellent results by the Australian team led by Simon and Tyson Barwood in 5th and Douglas and Charlotte Raftesath in 8th.  

Keep an eye on the Mirror Worlds 2015 Facebook Page for more updates.


2014/15 Australian Championships - Somers Yacht Club (VIC) 

Results: Download PDF




The 2014/15 Australian Championships are scheduled to be held from Somers Yacht Club in the pristine waters of Western Port Bay, 1 hour from the centre of Melbourne between the 28-30th December 2014.

Presentation night will be held at the Somers Yacht Club on the evening of the 31st December in conjunction with the club New Years Eve celebration.


Below are some suggested websites for holiday accommodation in the area:


2015 World Championships - South Africa

The 2015 Mirror World Championships will be held at Theewater Sports Club, Villiersdorp, South Africa from 28th December 2014 to 9th January 2015.   The Notice of Race and Entry Forms are now available at:

http://2015worlds.mirrorsailing.org/




2014 Victorian Mirror Titles 

The Victorian State championships for the Mirror class were sailed across the weekend of 21/22 June on Melbourne's Albert Park Lake.  Andy McIntyre and 7 year old son Angus McIntyre from Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron sailed the bermuda rigged Prime Time to finish first overall with wins in 5 of the 7 heats.

The State titles were sailed in conjunction with the annual Albert Sailing Club Winter Regatta, and followed a short race format with races of 25 to 40 minutes. There were nine Mirror entrants. On day one honours were shared by Prime Time, Bob, and Jabiru with each taking a heat win. On day two Prime Time had a clean sweep of the four races to runaway with the overall win and the State Champions trophy. Nick Ede and wife Anna from Somers Yacht Club  sailed 'Bob', Anita Scott Murphy's national champion boat, to finish second overall. Third overall and first classic gaff-rigged Mirror was taken out by class and Albert 'grand master Rod Thomas with junior crew Aaron Caddaye sailing Lesley Scott's Jabiru. Rod and Andy McIntyre competed against each other in Mirror nationals titles in the 1980's and 1990's, when Andy sailed from Balmoral Sailing Club in Sydney, and Rod from Albert Sailing Club in Melbourne.

Lucy Ede and Taylor Poon from Somers  showed promise for the future finishing third in the final heat and taking out the Junior skipper/crew trophy. Maree Fitzpatrick from Williamstown with crew Susan Hextell from Gosford Sailing Club took out the Ladies trophy.

The Australian Mirror Championships will be sailed from Somers Yacht Club on Westernport around 60 kilometres south of Melbourne from 28 to 31 December 2014.

Link for results: Mirror States 2014

"Prime Time" leading "Bob"

More photos: Image1 | Image2 | Image3 | Image4


WA 2013/14 States Round 2 (Heats 5-8) [FINAL] 

The 2013/14 Western Australian State Championships have been wrapped up, with the second round (heats 5-8) being sailed from Safety Bay Yacht Club on the 30th of March 2014.

Twenty six boats made for an excellent fleet, with the championship eventually going to ‘Bulletproof’ sailed by Simon and Tyson Barwood, from David Pilbeam and Timpothy Pilbeam / Matilda Rowell in 'Vigilante VII' and Liam Wilson and Dylan Holthouse in 'Game On'.  

For a comprehensive report and some great photos, please follow the links below.

2013/14 WA States - Report, Photos


'Bulletproof' - WA State Champions for 2013/14




2013/14 Australian Championships - Woollahra Sailing Club (Sydney) 

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Click for larger version.  Photo: Rob Cruse


The Nationals are complete, and were a huge success with 37 competitors, including a strong NSW contingent.  Please check out the links below for results and photos.


Photo thanks to Melissa Brown



WA 2013/14 States Round 1 (Heats 1-4) 

Western Australia has held the first 4 heats of their 2013/14 State Championships at Mayland Yacht Club.  17 competitors raced in a range of conditions, from 1-2 knot 'gusts' to a full gale of about 15 knots by the afternoon.  Visit the WA website for a report, results and photos using the links below:



More Information:

2013/14 WA States (Maylands Yacht Club) - ReportResults, Photos & YouTube



Woollahra Juniors at the NSW State Championships - 2013

Woollahra Sailing Club is the venue for the upcoming Nationals, and the club juniors also put on a great show at the recent Bing Lee NSW State Championships held at Hunters Hill.  Below is the Woollahra team at the States:


More Information:

2013 NSW States (Hunters Hill Sailing Club) - ReportResults and Photos




2013/14 Mirror Nationals - Sydney



The International Mirror Class Association NSW is proud to be hosting this years National Championships out of the Woolahra Sailing Club, Sydney.   For more details keep an eye on the IMCA(NSW) website - Notice of Race and Entry forms will be posted soon. 

In the meantime there is a page to register your interest to help with planning.


Dates:

28th December 2013 - 3rd January 2014


Venue:

Woollahra Sailing Club 2 Vickery Avenue, Rose Bay, NSW 2029, Australia,

Telephone: (02) 9371-9805

Fax: (02) 9371-9692


Schedule:

Sat 28th Dec: Measurement

Sun 29th Dec: Invitation race and 1 heat + welcome social event

Mon 30th Dec: 3 heats

Tues 31st Dec: 2-3 heats (morning sailing only due to congestion on the harbour)

Wed 1st Jan: Lay day

Thurs 2nd Jan: 3 heats

Fri 3rd Jan: 2 heats (plus 1 if needed) + presentation and closing social event

Total 12 races



"Mirror Sailing in AUS"
The definitive book of Australian Mirror Sailing



Many of you will know that Peter Russell, one of the Mirror Class' longest and most enthusiastic supporters both in his home of Canberra and at a National and World level, has been compiling an extensive history of the people and goings-on in the Mirror Class. From the introduction of the class in 1964 by Frank Buxton, to the 2012 National Championships and everything in between, "Mirror Sailing in Australia" has it all covered.

Peter has been tireless in his pursuit of people to interview, regatta results, newspaper and magazine articles and everything that you could possibly want to know about the class. Can't remember where you came in the 1978 Mirror Nationals (at Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club, of course) ? Well there is not just a copy of the results but also a regatta report, plus photos. Ditto for every Nationals and Worlds held since 1966, plus the builders, sailors, administrators, t-shirts, cartoons and more.......

Typical of Peter's generosity, he has provided the book free as a download (PDF) on the links below.  Professionally printed copies and spiral bound photocopies are also available - contact mirrorsvic@gmail.com for details.

 Printed:
$ 50.00 + postage
 Photocopy with spiral binding: 
$ 20.00 + postage
 
 Download: 

Cover 
(200 kB)
Part 1 (550 kB)
Part 2 (27 MB)
Part 3 (37 MB)
Part 4 (23 MB)
Back (200 kB)

In recognition of Peter's many years of service to the sailing and broader community, he has been recognised as the ACT Volunteer of the Year for 2013.  Congratulations and thank you on behalf of the IMCAA, and all past Mirror sailors.

Read more about it here:

http://www.canberra.ymca.org.au/newsandevents/Pages/default.aspx?item_id=1015



2012/13 Australian Nationals - FINAL Results



Congratulations to Jessie and Kath in Kamikaze 
- 2012/13 National Champions -


Race to the finish.  Last reach, of the last triangle, of the last race.  
Kamikaze (69196) needs to stay in front of Bob (70662) to take the title.

Photos (John Davey): All Days 

Photos (Rob Cruse)Day 3  |  Day 5  |  On the beach & Presentation 

Final Results:  After 8 Races

Individual Race Results:   Inv. Race |  R1  |  R2  |  R3  |  R4  |  R5  |  R6  |  R7  |  R8


Race Report Day 5 - 3rd January 2013

It all came down to the last race to determine the National Champion with Kamikaze (Jess Atherton & Kath Maher) taking a solitary point lead over Bob (Anita Scott-Murphy & Ben Cruse) into the last race. The task for Bob was simple, to win the Championship, they had to win race 8. Kamikaze started mid line and tacked onto port just before the gun, with Bob closer to the pin end of the line. Once the lead pack had sorted themselves out, Kamikaze led around the top mark with Bulletproof around 2nd with Bob a couple further back. The lead stretched out on the first reach and things were looking grim for Bob at this stage with a sizable gap to make up on the leaders. The order stayed the same for the next windward leeward, then Bulletproof got past Kamikaze just before the windward mark for the last time. Just as Bob were approaching the windward mark, a massive gust came through which resulted in a capsize for Bob and a near capsize for Kamikaze who were just setting their spinnaker, resulting in an unwanted load of water. Bulletproof made the better of this gust and opened up what looked to be a comfortable lead with Kamikaze keeping a watchful eye on Bob, who had quickly recovered from their capsize and were now gaining on Kamikaze and Bulletproof. After the final wing mark rounding the breeze lightened off resulting in the lead three boats coming back to within striking distance of each other. The wind had backed allowing Kamikaze to gybe onto Starboard which gave them right of way over Bob who were still on port. This allowed Bulletproof to stretch away and take the win, while Kamikaze kept a watchful eye on Bob, eventually crossing the line over a minute clear. This gave Kamikaze the Championship title by a single point, leaving Bob with a brilliant score line from which they dropped a 2nd and a 3rd, but came up just shy of defending their title from last year.

PRO Garry Kennedy reported average wind strength of around 15 knots, but also recorded a peak gust of 36 knots and there may well have been higher gusts that had even the top boats struggling to maintain control. The wind this morning was typical of what has been experienced all week, 0 to 20 knots and more with major shifts from NW to SW. Shortly after the fleet had returned to shore, the strength increased to a point where racing may not have been possible, so the early 0930 start worked out well.

There were plenty of battles going on throughout the fleet with numerous division prizes up for grabs, noting that the Sailing Instructions dictate that winners take only accept one trophy. This leaves the following list of winners in the various categories:

1st Overall & Australian Champions: Kamikaze (Jessie Atherton & Katherine Maher) Tasmania

2nd Overall and winner of the Frank Buxton Family Trophy: Bob (Anita Scott-Murphy & Ben Cruse) Victoria

3rd Overall and winner of the Veterans Trophy: Bulletproof (Simon & Sidonia Barwood) Western Australia

Winner of the Junior Trophy: Just Do It (Ethan Prieto-Low & James Stout) Western Australia

Winner of the Youth Trophy: Xcel-Erate (Max Davey & Joseph Thomson) Tasmania

Winner of the Ladies Championship: Jazze (Tara Foster & Isabella Shields) New South Wales

Winner of the Norm Deane Master’s Trophy: Storefresh (Ken Barnes & Alex Kingsley) Tasmania

Winner of the Cruiserweight Division: Foxy Lady III (John & Tim Andrewartha) Tasmania

Winner of the Cliff Scott Invitation Race: Bob (Anita Scott-Murphy & Ben Cruse)

Winner of the Classic Rig Division: Sky III (Marcus & Ishka McKay) Tasmania

Race Report Day 4 - 2nd January 2013

Day 4 kicked off with adjustments to the Race 4 provisional results, with Hello Kitty (Harrison & Lucy Ede) being penalised 3 places for failing to sign off. A Protest heard this morning between Just Do It (Ethan Prieto-Low & James Stout) and Stealth (Andrew Keil & Hayden Green) resulted in the disqualification of Just Do It from Race 6. Going in to today the maths at the top of the fleet were fairly simple. With Kamikaze (Jess Atherton & Kath Maher) counting 4 firsts and a second and Bob (Anita Scott-Murphy & Ben Cruse) counting 2 firsts and 3 seconds, Bob needed to win the 7th & 8th races to tie with Kamikaze (assuming at least one podium place by Kamikaze in races 7 & 8) which would give Bob the series and the National Title on a countback.

Race 7 went the full distance and the conditions were very variable across the course meaning a real shuffle of the regular front runners. The Bob crew sailed extremely well to take the win and keep their title hopes alive while things looked bad for Kamikaze initially with them struggling to find clear air and sitting as low as 10th at the start of the second lap. Youth sailors Max Davey and Joseph Thomson in Xcel-Erate ruined the previous pattern of the women sharing 1st & 2nd between them and sailed well to take 2nd, with Kamikaze recovering to take 3rd and keep their title hopes alive as well. Kamikaze now leads Bob by a solitary point with the final race scheduled to be sailed tomorrow morning. To win the title Bob needs to take 1st in the final race whereas Kamikaze can take the title by either winning the final race, or Bob coming anywhere other than first (or the wind not allowing race 8 to be completed, the Sailing Instructions limit the latest time for the Warning Signal to 1200 hrs).

Demonstrating what a shuffle occurred during race 7, consider the fate of Kamikaze II (Mark Barrington & Celia May) who rounded the first mark clear ahead of the fleet but ended up slipping back to 9th  by the end of the race. Jazze (Tara Foster & Isabella Shields) relished the conditions and scored a 4th moving them up to 8th overall and giving them a 4 point lead over Tara’s father Stephen Foster & Laeticia Mooney in Bad Wolf. Storefresh (Ken Barnes & Alex Kingsley) crossed the line 5th which kept them in 4th overall and within 2 points of Bulletproof (Simon & Sidonia Barwood) who hold down 3rd overall after dropping their 7th from today’s race. Sky III (Marcus & Ishka McKay) also liked todays conditions with a well deserved 6th lifting them to 9th overall, and importantly for them moved them to the lead in the Classic division just 2 points ahead of Stealth (Andrew Keil & Hayden Green).  In the Youth division, Xcel-Erate’s performance today lifted them to a one point lead over Just Do It (Ethan Prieto-Low & James Stout), while Just Do It looks safe in the Junior division. Bulletproof look safe in the Veterans division, while Storefresh should be able to hang on to the Masters division. The Ladies trophy will go to the 2nd placed overall boat, as boats can only win one trophy (you would assume the open trophy and title might be more attractive than the Ladies title). In the Cruiserweights Foxy Lady III (John & Tim Andrewartha) has a 7 point lead over Jolly Roger (Simon Edwards/Jan Stewart/Claire Edwards). Jenny Graney with Ruby Smillie in Carpe Diem missed races 5 & 6 with a back injury but was back racing today and scored an 11th, their second best for the series so far. Rex & Andrew Henderson sailing Fizz came all the way from Western Australia and have been unable to compete since the Cliff Scott Invitation Race on day 1 but were back on the water today and scored a creditable 12th.

PRO Garry Kennedy twice attempted to get the final deciding race underway this afternoon, with both attempts being abandoned before the boats were halfway up the first legs after the wind shifted and died. In these attempts for the final race, we saw the first individual recall of the week as sailors were keen to maximise their final results.

Race Report Day 3 - 31th December 2012

Principle Race Officer Garry Kennedy took the opportunity to sail 3 races today, which almost guarantees the full scheduled number of 8 will be achieved for the National Championships being sailed at Montrose Bay Yacht Club on the River Derwent. The theme of the first two days was repeated with the two leading women skippers sharing the race wins between them and opening up a significant gap on the rest of the field. “Kamikaze” (Jessie Atherton & Katherine Maher) won the first two races, with the first race being shortened at the windward mark on the final lap, with “Bob” (Anita Scott-Murphy & Ben Cruse) coming second in races 4 and 5 but going one better in race 6 to take the win comfortably from “Kamikaze”.

After race 5 was sailed the first discard was allowed, allowing Kamikaze to drop the 21 points from her race 1 disqualification and move into the overall lead. Unfortunately Katherine was unable to attend the presentation ceremony held today for the Launceston to Hobart Race where she sailed on “Moonshadow” to take 1st in the PHS division. The lady skippers are certainly showing the men how to sail a Mirror, with “Kamikaze” and “Bob” sharing first and second places in every race except for the race 1 disqualification of Kamikaze, when they were 2nd over the line.

Conditions today were again typical of what was experienced on the first two days, strong currents, big shifts but generally NW to SW winds and again huge variations in speeds from almost calm to 20 knots. The whole fleet is handling the conditions well, with the lessons from the first two days resulting in fewer capsizes and better understanding of the Montrose conditions.

“Bulletproof” (Simon & Sidonia Barwood) had a consistent day with a 3,5,3 return in today’s three races which allowed them to move into overall 3rd place, displacing “Storefresh” (Ken Barnes & Alex Kingsley) who is still doing very well with a 3rd in race 5 and in 4th overall and currently leading the Masters Division. “Just Do It” (Ethan Prieto-Low & James Stout) started the day well with a 4th, but then slipped with a 10th and a 9th in the following two races but are still 5th overall and leading the Junior Division. Masters sailors Mark Barrington and Celia May in “Kamikaze II” have now found the “go switch” after a pair of 12th placings in races 1 & 2 they have put together 4,8,4, & 4 to be in 6th overall. “Jolly Roger” (Simon Edwards & Jan Stewart) were the hard luck story of yesterday with a broken tiller forcing them to retire from race 6 but were back in the fleet today with a cobbled together replacement.

Today’s hard luck story had to be “Foxy Lady III” (John & Tim Andrewartha) who were quick out the blocks and found the best track to the first mark to round in second place only to have their spinnaker pole snap into two pieces – handy for martial arts maybe, but not being able to fly their spinnaker cost them as they slipped back to 12th by the end of the race.

7th and 8th after the 6 races are two of the Classic (Gunter rig) boats, with “Stealth” (Andrew Keil & Hayden Green) holding down 7th by 2 points from “Sky III” (Marcus & Ishka McKay) who are doing well considering they are also using the older style spinnaker.

The above are prior to protest hearings, so are provisional, but it is thought that none of the top few boats are involved in the protest.

Race Report Day 2 - 30th December 2012

The second day of the Mirror Nationals got off to a sensational start with the protest by “Bulletproof” against “Kamikaze” in Race1 being upheld this morning after a marathon hearing taking over two hours, resulting in Kamikaze being disqualified from Race 1.

The day improved in the two afternoon heats for “Kamikaze” with regular forward hand Katherine Maher resuming her normal role less than 24 hours after stepping off “Moonshadow” the provisional PHS winner of the Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race. After defending national champions Anita Scott-Murphy and son Ben Cruse sailing “Bob” chalked up two wins yesterday in the Cliff Scott Memorial Invitation Race and Race 1, Jessie Atherton and Katherine Maher in “Kamikaze” took out Races 2 & 3 which were sailed Sunday 30/12/12. Conditions were varied with breezes widely varying between less than 5 knots to more than 20 knots and varying in direction as well which had the race committee busy adjusting the courses.

Race 2 was shortened at the windward mark of the final lap with “Kamikaze” getting the gun from “Bob” with Western Australian Juniors Ethan Prieto-Low and James Stout sailing “Just Do It” into third place. Montrose locals Ken Barnes and Alex Kingsley taking 4th ahead of Kingston Beach sailors Marcus & Ishka McKay sailing Sky III into 5th place, the first of the “Classic Rig” contenders. Race 3 went the full distance with “Kamikaze” taking the gun from “Bob” with Western Australia’s Simon and Sidonia Barwood in “Bulletproof” taking 3rd. Masters Mark Barrington from Tasmania and Celia May from New South Wales teamed up and did well to secure 4th in “Kamikaze II” ahead of leading Masters sailor Ken Barnes and Alex Kingsley in “Storefresh”.

Race 3 was notable for the sensational finish with 5 boats finishing within 4 seconds of each other, testing the Race Committee’s clerical skills.

Race Report Day 1 - 29th December 2012

The 47th Mirror Australian Championships got underway with the Cliff Scott Memorial Invitation Race followed by heat 1 of the National Championships. The championships are being held at the Montrose Bay Yacht club on the River Derwent upstream from Hobart.

The weather conditions ranged from fickle breezes to full on conditions, with PRO Garry Kennedy noting 28 knots recorded on the committee boat, and that stronger gusts were coming through.

This wind strength and shiftiness caused many capsizes, and the field was well spread in the invitation race, with only two boats able to finish within the time limit: defending National Champion Bob with Victorians Anita Scott-Murphy and son Ben Cruse taking the gun ahead of previous National Champion Kamikaze, helmed by Tasmanian Jessie Atherton.

Jessie’s father Grant filled in as crew for day one while regular for’ard hand Katherine Maher was sailing in the Launceston to Hobart Race aboard Moonshadow, which is provisional PHS division winner of the 285 nautical mile offshore race.

Heat 1 of the Nationals had a different outcome, with all boats that did not retire able to just finish within the time limit.

The race looked similar to the invitation race with Bob again getting the gun ahead of Kamikaze. Storefresh, sailed by Masters Division Tasmanian sailor Ken Barnes with Alex Kingsley from the Montrose Bay Yacht Club showed good local knowledge to be third over the line

They were followed by Bulletproof sailed by Western Australia’s Simon and Sidonia Barwood, and Stealth from Victoria, sailed by Andrew Keil and Hayden Green. There is a protest hearing today, with Bulletproof protesting Kamikaze.

Many thanks to Grant Atherton for the race reports and results.



Potential Sailplan Updates

Mirror sailors in Western Australia have been busy over winter working on some suggestions and ideas for a potential sailplan revision for the Mirror.  Aimed at making the main and possibly jib higher aspect and more efficient, to cater for a wider range of crew weights and wind ranges, the sailplan changes have been tested using 2 prototype mainsails and a jib.  

The sails in the photos above will be at the forthcoming Nationals in Hobart for a closer look and test sail.  If you would like further information please contact Geoff through the Mirror Class Association of WA.

Updated added 19 Dec 2012:  Some comments from a test sail - 6 knot breeze in an (older) timber hulled boat

On Saturday 16th December we raced at RFBYC with the experimental sail (E1) to see how it performed. We were given a 5 min introduction to how it worked by Geoff. What was clear was that when you pulled on the various adjustment ropes you could see the sail shape change, something that doesn’t happen with the normal sail.

In the first race we got swamped on the line by 420’s & 29ers and were quite a long way behind the lead Mirrors going around the top mark, our usual position. By the time we got to the top mark the second time we were in the lead by 20 meters or so having made up around 70m in the short up wind leg.

In the second race at the start we were below one of the boats that usually beats us. Before long we ahead of them, going faster and pointing higher and by the first mark we were around 100m ahead of the fleet, a position we had never been in before.

We found with the experimental sail we could sail both faster and higher than the other boats and was a huge performance lift to our boat. With an old wooden boat we usually can’t compete upwind but these sails really made a difference.

Daniel



2013 Ireland Mirror Worlds - Website and Regatta Information



The organisers of next years 2013 Mirror World Championships in Ireland have their regatta website up and running.  You might like to check out the link below for more information:

There is a also a PDF that you can download with some more details.

If you are interested in attending the Worlds as part of the Australian team, an expression of interest was emailed to members.  You can also donwload it from the link below:

Mirror Nationals Update - Latest Notice of Race & T-Shirts

Christmas is around the corner, and preparations are well under way in Hobart for the upcoming Nationals.  The Notice of Race has been updated with some minor changes, and is available by following the link below:
There is also information below relating to polo top sizing for the Nationals.  They are priced at $20 for children, and $25 for adults.  Please include your size and order information with your entry form, or if you have already entered let Jenny Graney know your requirements via the Mirrors Tasmania website, or email Jenny directly.  Payment can be made via EFT - same details as for your regatta entry.

Click images below for a larger version.

  




Ian Walker to sail UK Mirror Nationals

What do you do when your name is Ian Walker, an English yachting legend who has won Olympic silver medals in 2 classes (Star and 470), and just returned from skippering Volvo Ocean Race 70 "Abu Dhabi" for 8 months around the world? 
You sail in the UK Mirror Dinghy Nationals with your 10 year old daughter !  Ian is a former Mirror European Champion and UK National Champion, and will join the Mirror fleet again with his daughter Zoe for the 2012 Nationals, to be held at Itchenor Sailing Club. 
The entry list can be viewed on the event website:
The regatta commences on 27 August.


2012/13 Australian Mirror Nationals

The Preliminary Notice of Race and Entry Form are now available for the 2012/13 Mirror National Championships.  The regatta is being hosted by the Montrose Bay Yacht Club in Hobart.  Anybody who has raced this venue before will know that it is a fantastic, family friendly location with the race course right in front of the yacht club.
It would be worth planning your ferry crossing pretty soon, as there is a lot of travel that time of year, not to mention a number of other regattas in Hobart.  

Speaking of which, the Optimist Nationals start a couple of days after the Mirrors finish, and are also being held in Hobart.  Does anybody know any 'Oppie' sailors who might like to join us for the Nationals ?  We already have 2 crews from Victoria doing the Mirror / Optimist double this year, and it would be great to see some more.  The Mirror Class Association of Tasmania may also be able to assist with charter boats for any Optimist sailors wishing to join the Mirrors.
Action from the 2007-8 Nationals, held at Montrose Bay.  More here.



Chichester Yacht Club (UK) - Jack Holt Centenary Celebrations

There are a number of celebrations this year in honour of Jack Holt (100 years since his birth).  As the designer of the Mirror, not to mention many other dinghies including the Cadet, GP 14, Lazy E and Heron, Jack is being celebrated at a number of regattas during the UK summer.

The most recent was the Chichester Yacht Club on 22 April 2012.  10 Mirrors were present, including a number of gaff rigged boats that would have looked much more familiar to Jack than the Mk3 fibreglass boats that predominated.

The following link to the UK Mirror website has some more information, and there is a photo below.

Mirrors for Charter - UK European and National Championships

The UK Mirror Class Association has 3 boats for charter which are available for the UK Nationals and Europeans.

There are 3 Winder Mirror Mk3s available for charter for the Europeans or National at £250 per event.  In most cases delivery can be arranged.  All the boats are fitted out to a high specification with Bermuda rigs. The boats comes with serviceable sails.  If you would like the boat to have new sails an extra fee in the region of £350 will be charged and a deposit due by 18th June. 

For more information please email mirrorsailinguk@yahoo.co.uk  

Navigators & General Europeans Championships – Poole YC 19th – 24th August 2012

Navigators & General Nationals Championships – Itchenor SC 27th – 31st August 2012

Why not come to the UK for a holiday, and take part in these events on the south coast of England ?